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    Ken23 reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Anthem & Potential Coronavirus   
    S: Good, actually, great news about your Anthem of the Seas sailing
    Good morning! Late last night, we sent you an email sharing the news that the New Jersey Health Authority advised us that they received the results from CDC, and the individuals tested negative for novel coronavirus. (We decided it was a little too late to text you.) The good news, our departure from Cape Liberty, New Jersey will remain the same, at 3:00 PM EST on Monday, February 10th. The even better news, our team has been tirelessly working and has advised you can board the ship today! So, come start your vacation early with us. The terminal doors will open at 3:00 PM today and boarding will take place today from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST, or Monday from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST. Please know, since stevedore availability is limited today, you may need to bring your bags onboard with you, so it may be a good idea to pack lightly.
    We really appreciate your understanding during this unexpected and very fluid situation. Our top priority is your health, safety, and wellbeing. We would never put you at risk, especially when it comes to health. So, thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you later today, or tomorrow!
     
    Yippee !  Boarding today at 3:00. Ready to get this party started !
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    Ken23 reacted to ken52891 in Anthem & Potential Coronavirus   
    Good news for everyone! No coronavirus on Anthem!! 

    https://abc7ny.com/health/4-passengers-on-new-jersey-cruise-ship-test-negative-for-coronavirus/5914063/
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    Ken23 reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Anthem & Potential Coronavirus   
    To make a bad situation even worse, we have a dead crew member on Anthem
    https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/crew-member-dies-for-unrelated-reasons-on-virus-delayed-cruise-ship-sources/2282940/
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    Ken23 reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Anthem & Potential Coronavirus   
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    Ken23 reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Anthem & Potential Coronavirus   
    No, we don’t have a car and decided to just stick around the hotel. I will say, downtown Newark is quite an experience.  At least we will be thrilled to get out of here and get on the ship finally. 
     
    No new updates so it looks like 5:00 today for boarding and 10PM departure.  Yippee !
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    Ken23 reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Anthem & Potential Coronavirus   
    No more updates for now so hopefully things have stabilized.  At this point they are refunding 2 days of cruise fare, 2 days of prepaid packages and reimbursing hotel and food up to $200.  They’ve cancelled Nassau (yippee) and cut out 1 sea day.  IF things go smoothly tomorrow I think all will be well.  I have a 4:00 checkout at the hotel so if they begin boarding at 5:00 that should work out.
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    Ken23 reacted to Geoff P in Anthem & Potential Coronavirus   
    We got an email from Royal as we were pulling into the cruise port this morning, it was kind of a little unorganized at the port with employees not really knowing a whole lot of details, but they’ve got us in a hotel for the night, we’ll be boarding tomorrow with a little bit of OBC for some drinks :)...it’s not ideal but what can you do?
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    Ken23 reacted to Rags1 in As Garth Brooks said, “Think I’ll Slip On Down To The O-Asis” - Jan 26th - Star Class   
    I said in the last post I would write about food next but I looked at my list and saw that Genie/Star Class was next on my list.  
    Star Class:  From the moment you check in at the purple banner until the moment you are abandoned curbside to find your own way home, this method of travel is simply the best.  As I compare the 3 Star experiences there are differences by ship and of course by Genie. The differences by ship are, in my opinion, minor. Some allow lunch in the suite on day 1 and others don’t.  Some take your luggage at night, others in the morning.  Some will let you rent the Rising Tide Bar, others won’t.  Some send a custom drink cart to the suites in the afternoon, on another ship you almost die of thirst.  But overall the perks are the same.  It all depends on what you ask for, who your genie is and what your expectations are.  I enjoy all the standard things provided:  The escort on and off the ship.  The front row seating at the shows.  The dining, drinks, laundry, internet, room service, and the suite stocked with drinks and snacks.  (Even M&M’s). We happen to be a family who really enjoys the suite itself.  I wrote most of this blog from 3 places on the ship.  In the suite lounge, on the loft desk but most out on the massive balcony.  There is just a really a great feeling being in that suite and knowing I can pick up the phone and most, if not all, of my requests will be provided for.  We asked for the backstage tour.  Think about this, there are 6000 guests on this ship.  And here are the five of us with the Production Manager, in a totally empty main theater, being shown the technology they use, the dressing rooms, costumes and the props used during the productions.  That’s amazing to me - that’s Star Class.  Sending laundry out everyday and returning home with a suitcase of clean clothing.  Dining in a restaurant and having the staff just bring you everything even if you don’t ask for it.  Having someone show up everyday just to make sure you are ok and have everything you need!  That’s all Star Class.  I love watching my hard working, fun loving, undemanding ladies be spoiled for the week.  That alone is worth the price of admission.  We didn’t get one thing that we asked for.  I had asked for a brief tour of the medical facility for the two nurses. That request was initially granted but then changed because there  was on the last day “a lot going on down there.”  Evidently they had a good number of ill patients.  The two nurses readily agreed they didn’t want to go under those circumstances.  I have to say we have been pampered and spoiled on all 3 Star. Class trips.  And I need to put that in perspective.  I think I mentioned earlier that I had the honor to serve in our White House for several years.  I have been blessed to ride around on AF-1, meet foreign leaders and once even dined with a King.  So my attitude has always been “ I’m easily pleased, but not easily impressed.”  But vacationing on Royal, in Star Class, has impressed me.  It’s something I hope to do do many more times.
    The Genie.  I’ll just cut to the chase on this one.  If you are fortunate enough to to travel with Allan...it doesn’t get any better.  This guy is amazing in so many ways.  I personally have really, really enjoyed all 3 Genies we have sailed with. Dave Mac provided us with a great experience.  The next time Ariceli convinced me that nobody could come within the same zip code as her level of service.  But Allan did.  He is a personable, knowledgeable, creative, fun, funny, genuine, this is who I am kind of guy.  I know much more about him than I know of the others because we spent time together and shared our life.  We had Champagne, caviar, strawberry’s and other treats in our room the last night because of him.  We all laughed together and enjoyed each other’s company.  This guy was made for this job.  I can see both Ariceli and Dave doing other things.  But Allan is....he’s made for being the perfect Royal Genie.  If you sail with him you’ll be happy.  I still  want to adopt Ariceli and I would cruise with her again in a heartbeat.  But Allan really hit a home run.  
    So tomorrow night, or as soon as I can, will be food.  A spoiler alert here @Lovetocruise2002, I had the filet in the CK, Chops x2, 150, Izumi and Giovanni’s.  I’m a meat eater.  I’m the newest member of team CK!  It was the best.
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    Ken23 reacted to Rags1 in As Garth Brooks said, “Think I’ll Slip On Down To The O-Asis” - Jan 26th - Star Class   
    Tomorrow I’ll write about everyone’s favorite, the food.  And although I’ll write more about the crew later, this picture i think sums up the attitude of the Oasis crew. (With the exception of the pool bartenders. 😁)
    When we returned to the ship in Falmouth this was the crew from the photo department.  It wasn’t crowded at the time so they were chatting among themselves. As we walked by I turned my camera toward them and within a second they reacted like this.  Not a word was spoken.  This was a fun, classic moment.

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    Ken23 reacted to Rags1 in As Garth Brooks said, “Think I’ll Slip On Down To The O-Asis” - Jan 26th - Star Class   
    The Suite:  I can’t say enough good things about the the tiny, cramped, barely inhabitable space they call the Royal Loft Suite😃  I have only cruised on Oasis Class in a Crown Loft and the Royal Loft.  I spent time in.a 2BR Auqua Suite last year with Shari and her family.  I have “toured” the Star Loft and Panoramic suites on the Harmony.  I guess it all depends on what kind of price you can find, how many in your party and just personal preference, but after 3 in a row in the RLS it would tough to do anything else.  I know how spoiled that sounds, but it’s true.  I have had several crew on different ships tell me “You’re in the biggest, most expensive, one of a kind suite on the ship - so just ask for what you want.”  
    The suite is amazing.  So much space.  Dining tables for 8 both inside and on the balcony.  The outside jacuzzi.  The master shower in the loft is just really a cool life experience😂  It has two shower heads and a rain dome.  Turn them all on at once and you get lost in there!  Showering while watching the ocean go by just cant be duplicated. I tried to remodel at home, but I could only see the goats..The loft bed is very comfortable. The downstairs bedroom and bath are a suite by themselves.  The living area is a great gathering area.  Last year on the Harmony there were 10 of us and we all hung out there at times.  The Oasis actually has real books on all those shelves.  Taylor was an avid reader this year.  There is a mini refrigerator both in the dining area and up in the loft.  Some call them coolers but I can tell you that the sodas, waters, juices and beers stocked in them were cold and ready to drink.
    We had two issues with the suite this year.  The loft television which i already mentioned and the electric drapes. We had maintenance in the room half a dozen times sorting it all out.  
    Will we sail in this room again?  Yes.  On August 30th.  If you have a chance to snag an Oasis Class RLS, do it.  You will have the cruise experience of your life.  But also beware...you’ll be hooked.  Trust me.












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    Ken23 got a reaction from ddmcruiser in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Glade to see the Slide Safety Rules #1 "recommended" was NOT followed.  I know I would have also.
    Daddy has to make sure the slide is safe for his daughter after all.
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    Ken23 got a reaction from JLMoran in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Glade to see the Slide Safety Rules #1 "recommended" was NOT followed.  I know I would have also.
    Daddy has to make sure the slide is safe for his daughter after all.
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    Ken23 got a reaction from bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Glade to see the Slide Safety Rules #1 "recommended" was NOT followed.  I know I would have also.
    Daddy has to make sure the slide is safe for his daughter after all.
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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Thanks! It was fun writting about everything, it made me want to take more pics too.
     
    Could have written out a lot more too but there wasnt a ton of down time.
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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    They actually said it was ok. I was probably the first one in all the cabanas to use it that day. A few others followed suit after I went
     
     
    Edit: what you calling me fat?!?!? Lol.. that's cruise weight... yeah..
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    Ken23 got a reaction from Jackiem80 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Glade to see the Slide Safety Rules #1 "recommended" was NOT followed.  I know I would have also.
    Daddy has to make sure the slide is safe for his daughter after all.
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    Ken23 reacted to Rags1 in As Garth Brooks said, “Think I’ll Slip On Down To The O-Asis” - Jan 26th - Star Class   
    Greetings from the Miami Airport!  You all can insert your own “Where’s my Genie” jokes. But the pain is real!  I hear the ship was cleared about 30-40 minutes late this morning but we really didn’t pay attention since we were meeting Allan at 930. Our luggage was picked up this morning at 730 and was waiting for us as soon as we stepped out of the elevator. Took an Uber to the airport. My fears of Super Bowl Sunday traffic were unfounded. It was actually extremely light. We should be boarding in just a few minutes. One stop in Dallas and then home.  
     
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    Ken23 reacted to Rags1 in As Garth Brooks said, “Think I’ll Slip On Down To The O-Asis” - Jan 26th - Star Class   
    Thanks for reading!  Next cruise is 210 days. Same ship, same genie.  Same room😁
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    Ken23 reacted to Rags1 in As Garth Brooks said, “Think I’ll Slip On Down To The O-Asis” - Jan 26th - Star Class   
    Miami has never looked this bad!😂. I have more pictures and some thoughts to share. I might do some at the airport but will post more when I’m home. Breakfast in CK and then off to deal with Super Bowl Sunday in Miami!

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    Ken23 reacted to Rags1 in As Garth Brooks said, “Think I’ll Slip On Down To The O-Asis” - Jan 26th - Star Class   
    Did the comedy show last night with Taylor and Kaitlyn. As usual Allan had our seats ready and our drinks on the table.  The two comedians, I don’t remember either of their names🙄, were ok. Not great but funny. But the best thing was the lady who sat to my right.  Silver hair, impeccably dressed and radiated beauty.  She is older than me.  And that’s saying something because I’m like Georgie Burns kind of old.  And he’s dead I think.  She was maybe 80.  And she laughed with tears in her eyes the entire time. It was such a joy for me to watch her enjoy the evening.  I watched her more than the show.
    Breakfast this morning was in the Solarium Bistro.  It was good.  Crowded and it’s the same food as the Windjammer but presented differently. Taylor, Katie and Shari did the laser tag.  Stacy and I went to the Promenade and picked up a shirt for me and one for the great guy back home that is taking care of our home and pets.  (I pay him too..I’m not that cheap). We all joined up again on the boardwalk to see Djuro and watch the LAST DAY fun!  Lunch at Portside. Take your appetite when you go there. After all of that I went off solo to do the bridge tour.  I’m going to go out on a limb here, but I think it’s very similar to the Harmony and the Allure😂











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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Getting use out of that slide. Dont care how windy or cold the water is!
    20200201_094021.mp4
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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Mini fridge had lots of goodies. Only the champagne on the top was extra.

     
    There was also a water cooler that lifted up.

    I took pics of everything lol, just haven't had time to post everything... damn voom is still slow.
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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    I spotted a couple of the divers from fine line . Really cool people. Yeah that's a chicken sammich in my hand. Felt pretty chonky next to them

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    Ken23 reacted to bossdog421 in We Still Do – Vow Renewal on Harmony - 1/26/20 – 2/2/20   
    Here are the menus and book that came in the cabana.
     
     












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